5 REASONS TO ADD LOG HAVEN TO YOUR PLANS
Log Haven is much more than a fine restaurant; it’s a destination in its own right, and leaving it out of your vacation plans is a big mistake if you ask, well, virtually anyone. Avoid a ski-trip faux pas—here are five reasons to add the celebrated Log Haven to your to-do list:
1. IT’S A WONDERFUL WAY TO EXPERIENCE ONE OF THE WASATCH MOUNTAINS’ LESSER-KNOWN CANYONS
Lesser-known, but by no means less beautiful. Log Haven is nestled four miles up Millcreek Canyon, just across from a picturesque waterfall. There are no ski resorts in this canyon, so winter fun is had more humbly here. It’s a favorite place for backcountry skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and photography. Set aside a few hours to explore the gorgeous scenery in this canyon, and then proceed to dine like a deity.
2. IT’S ONE OF THE MOST ROMANTIC RESTAURANTS IN THE COUNTRY
Log Haven is consistently recognized as one of the most romantic restaurants in the state, as well as the nation. Maybe it’s the mountain setting. Maybe it’s the crackling fireplace. Maybe it’s the decadent and delightful dishes and award-winning wine list. Something about Log Haven puts love in the air, and most likely, it’s all of the above. The romantic ambience has made Log Haven one of the most coveted Salt Lake wedding venues and the reason many couples make anniversary and Valentine’s Day traditions of dining here.
3. IF AWARDS WERE BRICKS OF GOLD, THE LOG HAVEN STAFF WOULD HAVE RETIRED LONG AGO
It’s staggering to comprehend the number of awards that Log Haven has received over the years (and continues to receive as we type). It’s won five Open Table Diners’ Choice Awards, including Best Service and Best Overall Cuisine. It’s won Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence 12 years in a row, and was honored for having “one of the most outstanding wine lists in the world.” It’s received the AAA Four Diamond Award continuously, top rankings in Zagat surveys, and numerous best-of-state awards, and its staff members can boast about some impressive accolades of their own. And, really, that’s just a few of the awards Log Haven has received during its 20 years of outstanding culinary achievement.
4. THE MENU
“Imaginative twists on old favorites,” “sumptuous,” “scrumptious,” “deep,” “intense,” and “light as champagne bubbles” are some of the words and phrases that have been used to describe Log Haven’s menu, which includes such mouth-watering creations as Juniper-Smoked Elk Carpaccio, Roasted Mushrooms with Yuba Noodles, Cider-Brined Duroc Pork Chop, and Dark Chocolate Mint Cheesecake. And it’s not just the menu that inspires such praise, but the ingredients as well. Log Haven was one of the first farm-to-table restaurants in Salt Lake—it wasn’t referred to as “farm-to-table,” when Log Haven began, but the ethics were in practice. Log Haven supports dozens of local artisans, including Beehive Cheese, Mountain View Mushrooms, Creminili Fine Meats, and Uinta Brewery, and often sources ingredients from its own wild edibles garden.
5. IN AN INCREASINGLY MODERN CITY, LOG HAVEN PROVIDES A HISTORICAL EVENING
The Log Haven cabin was built by steel baron and Metropolitan Opera member L.F. Rains in 1920 as an anniversary present for his wife. Its logs were shipped from Oregon and horse-drawn the four miles up Millcreek Canyon. It became a summer retreat for the Rains family and a gathering place for entrepreneurs and community leaders to fish, hike, and relax by the fire between forging plans for Salt Lake’s future.
During the Depression, the cabin was sold to Gleed Miller, who used it as a year-round home for his family, and then was passed to Stanley Sprouse, who converted it into a restaurant. By the late ’80s the restaurant was abandoned and the cabin slated for demolition, but in 1994 Margo Provost, Log Haven’s current owner and operator, swooped in like an angel and restored and renovated the rustic cabin, turning it into the truly unique dining destination we know and love today.